Stories of the Prophets

Imam Ibn Kathir Ad-Dimashqi


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Stories of the Prophets

The Stories of the Prophets have been compiled from 'Al-Bidayah wan-Nihayah' (The Beginning and the End) which is a great work of the famous Muslim exegete and historian Ibn Kathir and has a prominent place in the islamic literature. The Stories of the Prophets and all the events in their lives have been supported by the Qur'anic Verses and the Traditions of the Prophet. Wherever it was necessary, other sources have also been reported for the sake of historical accounts, but on such places a comparative study has been made to prove the authenticity of the sources. Ibn Kathir has reproduced the views and interpretations of all the great exegetes of the Qur'an of his time. The systemic narratives of the Stories of the Prophets have been written in chronological order which renders a historical style to the book.

Allah the Most Exalted says in the Quran:

"We are relating unto you the most beautiful of stories in that which We have revealed to you from the Qur'an, though before it you were from among those who were not aware of them." [Yusuf: 3]